Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15th AMS Mountain Update

It was another nice day in the Alaska Range.  The day began with some winds up high but became calm as the monring progressed. Please find updates below.

AMS 6/1 Denali led by Wes Bunch and Chris Welch are doing well and have moved to high camp today.  The climbed up the fixed lines and along the very scenic 16,000 foot ridge before getting to high camp at 17,200'.  

Approaching the fixed lines at about 15,400'

AMS team on move day on at aprox 16,900'

The 16,000' ridge as seem from 17,200' high camp

Overlook point at 17,200' climber catching the last rays of sun.
AMS 6/5, Denali led by Rob Gowler and John Sykes  are enjoying their rest day with napping, eating, organizing, chatting and more napping at 14,200';  they hope to move to high camp on tomorrow.

AMS 6/5 NSW-BTC Kodiak led by Colby Coombs and Tim Hewette climbed down the 16K ridge to 14,200' camp and arrived there this afternoon. They are now napping and enjoying the oxgyen density at 14,200', congrats again to this hardworking team.

AMS 6/6 Denali Tyler Armstrong led by Nate Emerson, Lhawang Dhondup and Dave Wade rested at 14,200' today and are well, they are enjoying another fine rest day at 14,200' camp. They will either carry up the fixed lines to 16,200' or have another acclimiatzion day at 14,200' tomorrow. They are feeling great. 

14,200' camp with the trail to the fixed lines seen off to the left and the hortizontal rock line above camp is 17,200'.
Reviewing fixed line skills for max efficiency at 14,200', Mt. Foraker, 17,400' watches on.

AMS 6/8 Denali led by Larry Holmgren Team moved to 14,200' today and will enjoy a few rest days there. 
Moving around windy corner  to 14,200'

AMS 6/11 Old Men Jimpy Team led by Adam Fabrikant, Aili Farquhar and Jim Williams are at 9,500' camp today and plan to move to 11,200' camp tonight. They are doing well with the short move and single carry approach they are taking.  All is well with them. They are able send out a couple of special messages, from Steve: "Hi to TC and Sunny" and from Shane: " Hi to Barbara"
Fun real time team photo!! Texted via verizon mobile phone, there are a few pockets on the mountain where coverage  phones work: 9,500' - 10,000' and at 14,200' camp only. 

AMS 6/12 led by Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba Cached food, fuel and gear at 10,000' last night and plan to move to 11,200' camp tonight. All is going well with this team. 
AMS photo of 11,200' camp

AMS 6/12 Six Day Mountaineering Course led by AMS instructors Jake Kayes, Reese Doyle, Becca Erdman are having a great time on the Pika glacier! 

Photo from peak ascent from 2015 Mountaineering Course on the Pika Glacier.

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